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St. Pete College wants ‘agents of change’ in policing

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St. Petersburg College is launching a new program to better train law enforcement on mental health response.

The school is providing a three-semester curriculum, including counseling, interviewing, substance abuse and family interaction training.

The program is a request from the Sun Coast Police Benevolent Association, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Times reported that while 26% of law enforcement officers say they face mental health challenges, only 17% actually seek help.

The first program will include 14 active officers whose education will be funded through the Pepin Family Foundation. Agencies or St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway referred students.

– Staff Reports, Florida Politics 

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